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Employment department names new deputy director

Updated October 9, 2020 - 2:53 pm

The shake-ups at Nevada’s employment department continue with the naming of a new deputy director.

Beginning Monday, Jenny Casselman will oversee the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s employment, training and enforcement programs, as well as the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, Employment Security and Vocational Rehabilitation divisions and the state’s Research and Analysis Bureau, according to a Friday news release.

“We are very pleased to have Jenny join the DETR team,” DETR Director Elisa Cafferata said in a written statement. “We are confident that her leadership and strategic planning skills will be a great fit with our agency and provide us with a fresh insight into accomplishing our agency’s immediate and long-term mission and goals to serve Nevadans in these challenges times.”

Casselman joins the department during a period of upheaval among its leadership and fills a position left open for nearly three months. The previous deputy director, Dennis Perea, resigned without explanation on July 17, a month after former director Heather Korbulic submitted her own resignation. On Aug. 6, Gov. Steve Sisolak named Cafferata the new director and Barbara Buckley the head of a problem-solving DETR task force. Since then, at least two additional high-ranking employment officials have left the department.

Casselman previously spent 15 years in finance, lending and strategic planning jobs, DETR said. She is leaving her role as vice president of commercial operations for Greater Commercial Lending for DETR. In her former post she played a large role in “all aspects of loan origination” for the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program, the department said.

“I am delighted to be selected as DETR’s new deputy director and look forward to meeting the unique challenges afforded by the position. I look forward to learning more about the agency and meeting with employees in the upcoming weeks,” Casselman said.

She has experience in various mortgage and retail lending roles and has worked with customers in the agriculture, retail, manufacturing and health care industries, the department said.

Her LinkedIn profile indicates Casselman brings experience in “delivering operational efficiencies through innovation and collaboration.”

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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